Oral medications are the primary form of treatment for erectile dysfunction. These tablets are ideal for men who have trouble keeping an erection firm enough for sex and have a few side effects.
Sildenafil (Cenforce), Vardenafil (Vilitra), and Tadalafil (Vidalista) are oral medications that help to temporarily treat erectile dysfunction by enhancing the effects of nitric oxide, relaxing the soft muscles, and widening the blood vessels in the penis. This increases blood flow and helps you to get an erection when sexually stimulated.
How do oral ED medications differ?
Although they all work in similar ways, each oral medication has a slightly different chemical construction. These minor differences affect the way each medication works, such as the strength of the medicine, how quickly it takes effect and wears off, and the potential side effects. Your doctor will consider these factors as well as other health problems you have and possible interactions with other medications before prescribing the medicine.
Cenforce: This medication is most effective when taken whole on an empty stomach one 30 minutes before sex. It’s effective for four to five hours or more if you have mild to moderate erectile dysfunction.
Vilitra: This drug also is most effective when taken one hour before sex and can be taken with or without food. This drug must be taken orally without breaking or chewing it. Vilitra is effective for four to five hours and shows minimum side effects.
Vidalista: This medication is taken with or without food about 30 minutes to 1 hour before sex. It’s effective for up to 36 hours, therefore it should only be taken once per day.
As these drugs are all effective and act similarly, that the doctor may ask you to choose the drug based on your preferences, including cost, ease of use, how long the drug’s effects last, and side effects.
When oral medications might not be safe
Before taking any medication for erectile dysfunction, you must consult with your doctor. Medications for erectile dysfunction might not work for some and might be dangerous to others therefore take precautions before use. Do not take ED oral medications if:
- You are taking drugs containing nitrates
- You have very low blood pressure or uncontrolled high blood pressure
- You have severe liver disease
- You have kidney diseases
Most men who take oral erectile dysfunction medications are not bothered by side effects. If side effects occur, they can include:
- Blurry visuals
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Back pain